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Friday, October 30, 2009

Eduardo Pascual Bernal

It's Fun Friday once again at our blogging group Blogging for Fun. We are doing an A-Z meme. This week is letter E.

E is for Eduardo, my favorite subject in photography. I call him "Doods" for short. Married to this guy for 13 years come December. He was my boyfriend for 6 years before we got married. He and I are the classic case of "love thy neighbor" (teehee). Yeap, we use to live in the same neighborhood.

It is from him that I developed my love for dslr photography. He was the head of the Photography Club in his former workplace (Colegio San Agustin) in the Philippines. When not on a photo walk, Doods is in the basketball court. He is currently part of a basketball league and has games twice a week. He likes to cook and experiment with all sorts of dishes. He teaches high school Geometry at Hastings, Alief ISD.

Here's to you, Eduardo! Luvyah babes!

I love to take candid photos of him

Fremont experience, Las Vegas

Aboard the Lexington, Corpus Christi, Texas

Hello, hon...

I added this one after reading Zen's comment (teehee)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

World Cup 2010 in South Africa

Wow, the FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament that is scheduled to take place this June 2010 is going to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. How cool is that! It will be the first time that a tournament will be hosted by an African nation. South Africa won against Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process.

This 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th already. It is scheduled to take place between June 11 and July 11, 2010. This event is a culmination of a series of qualifying games that started in August of 2007. This involved 204 teams and as such it matched the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations.

World Cup 2010 Logo

This is a huge thing not just for South Africa, but for the whole continent. The United Nations has endorsed the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa as a platform for peace and development across Africa. The event has the power to change the world's perception of the continent.

South Africa is full of possibilities. It would be a wonderful time to visit the place as it comes alive in all it's glorious potentials to meet the expectations accorded to her as the host of this great event.

England fans are raring to go. If you are planning to see this much-anticipated event, I would recommend you check this travel info for 2010 World Cup.

Town Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg

This is the best time to book your flight and accommodations. If there is anything, the prices of airfare and hotels will be soaring high as the date of the event draws near. Your South Africa adventure doesn't have to be costly. For as little as $81 a night you can get a good hotel at Sandton. Go online and check these hotels in Sandton, very reasonably priced. There are a lot of cheap Johannesburg hotels. With a little investment on time, you can find one that is right for your budget.

South Africa is filled with cultural legends. It is the adventure capital of the world. It's natural beauty will leave you in wonderment. Their rich cultures and wildlife will amaze you. You might even discover that your roots are in Africa. Get to know the friendly people and allow their story of freedom struggle to touch your heart!

There are a lot of exciting activities that can done in South Africa. Glide into the South African sky. The geography of South Africa is a perfect match for paragliding. Enjoy discovering the high plateau that drops off a steep lowlands, and mountains with thermal up-rushes. Paragliding, better known as stepping into the sky is one of the most enjoyed aerial activity in the area, it is delightful and a daunting challenge at the same time.

And of course, the diverse nature destinations. Who could resist the big 5? lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Explore the reserve any which way you want to. Do it in your own vehicle, or go on guided drives and walks. Natural tourism is big in South Africa. If you are interested in birds, South Africa has nearly 700 species. You can take the Caledon Blue Crane Route to experience the country's spectacular national bird. Allow yourselves to be entertained by the bee-eaters and other colorful insect-eating winged friends.

For the wine connoisseur, you can taste your way around South Africa with all the wine spots from western to the far northern Cape. Sample at popular vineyards or seek the rare and elusive. Good wine goes well with good food! Enjoy South Africa's delicacies or decide to be adventurous with popular tribal dish!

Experience cultural encounters that are real and inspiring. Be it a typical South African farm or Xhosa household, you'll discover the people's friendliness and you can enjoy their day to day lifestyle and customs.

And for shopaholics, you have a choice of expensive souvenir shops or simply check out some quality local art that can directly benefit the local sellers.

The lighthouse at Cape Point - the southern tip of Africa - in the Western Cape.
Photo by Hein von Hörsten. Copyright SA Africa

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Photo by Walter Knirr. Copyright SA Africa

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Downtown Houston @Night

I've recently joined My World Tuesday --this is my second post-- I am grateful because this encourages me to thoroughly explore and capture "my world!" Thanks to my friend, Ebie, through her I discovered My World Tuesday.

Last Saturday, Doods, my hubby; Buboi (our friend) and I went for our usual photo walk around downtown Houston. Unlike my two companions, I have never captured city lights before. I was eager and excited. With their help, I was able to find some good spots to take photos. I had so much fun!

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Doods (in blue) and Buboi @ Allen Parkway bridge

Doods, spellbound by the beauty of the sunset

Sunset @Allen Parkway bridge, romantic and magical!

Capturing downtown Houston from the bridge at Allen Parkway

The city lights have a glamour of its own, enchanting!

The Houston Symphony was playing at Miller Outdoor Theatre that night.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Miriam Michaela

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It is Mosaic Monday once again at Mary's Little Red House. For three consecutive Mondays, I have been making mosaics for my nieces. I made one for Rebecca and one for Catherine. Now it's Yam's turn.

Miriam Michaela (Yam for short) is the youngest in a family of three sisters. She turned 9 last September. Of the three, she is the one who enjoys working on techy-stuff. Often time we would find her configuring things on the camera and the computer.

If mosaics interests you, feel free to head over to Mary's Little Red House and check out what other mosaic-makers have done this week.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Everything Is Negative!

When does the word negative mean something good, er. . . actually MEAN something very very good?

Some of you who have chanced upon my Saturday blog on highways and byways would have read about my periodic scans. I undergo these tests every 12 weeks (3 months). It is intense and thorough because the oncologists would want to monitor any movement or impending recurrence.

Late last year and early part of this year, I had to undergo two major surgeries. The oncologists extracted a five-pound mass that was latched in my uterus (yes, it's cancer, all of it!) . The procedure was nicely done and I have been in remission since that day. The periodic scans are performed for early detection, just in case there is a recurrence. Am hoping the whole episode has really closed the curtains and said "the end!"

Last Sunday, was my scan day. Doods and are I grateful that MD Anderson is open on Sundays so we do not have to miss work. A scan takes up most of my day (what with that awful barium enema causing diarrhea . . . hahaha). The scans are always followed by the reading of results. Last Tuesday, Doods and I missed work to meet with my oncologists.

Verdict: EVERYTHING IS NEGATIVE! Simply translates to no cancer cells found.

On days like these, the word NEGATIVE is very much anticipated! Tuesday was a good day, very, very good day!

Our appointment was early at 10 AM, so we had a lot of time to enjoy the day.

The next scan date is on January 2010. If by that time things are as good as this last scan, then they will change my scan schedule to twice a year -yipeeee! Things are really looking up! Life is good!

Also, that day, Tuesday, Doods and I together with two other friends (Marlon and Buboi) attended a photography club meeting. It was our first time to attend. They were doing a presentation. The guy who presented -Sam- was very good. We learned something new. I cannot wait to attend their next meeting -I love Tuesdays. The club has contests, workshops, and best of all, field trips -yipee! I am really excited.

I carry my camera all the time, especially during scans because there is a lengthy waiting time in between the scans. After an Xray, I need to rest awhile before the CT scan, too much radiation! In between the wait, I take photos. The building across MD Anderson is also MD Anderson (teehee)

MD Anderson Cancer Center

At the side of the path, I saw these beautiful blooms. How can I resist these blue trumpets as they wave happily at me. Sadly they will be gone soon. I'll just see them again next year.

I took a quick respite from blogging, it was just a week but it feels so long. I have missed the blogosphere but not as much as I have missed reading my friends' blogs. There were some things I needed to sort out. I am back and am glad to start hopping around your blogs! *hugs*

San Francisco Hotels

There are a lot of beautiful scenic spots in San Francisco California. We have visited several, one of which is the Fisherman's Wharf. It is made up of the waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35. It is popular for Pier 39, a shopping center and popular tourist attraction. One of the things that attracts people to Pier 39 are the friendly sea lions that are hauled out on docks at Pier 39's marina. The sea lions who have made Pier 39 their home were first sighted some time in September 1989. They have stayed since then. The locals make the seals feel safe. From the pier, there are scenic views to be enjoyed. To name a few, Angel Island, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge and the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz Island as seen from our cable car

Exploring the infamous Alcatraz Island

Pier 39 is just one of the many sights that can be enjoyed at the Fisherman's Wharf. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Ripley's Believe it or Not museum, the Wax Museum, Forbes Island are all accessible and within the area.

What is traveling without a little shopping at the side. Other than the various souvenir shops, The Cannery Shopping Center is a good place to get good deals. Down the road is Chinatown.
Fisherman's Wharf also provides different types of entertainment. A video arcade, street performances, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides an interpretative center for the Marine mammal Center and many others. You can also search online on information about things to do.

Treat your palate to Fisherman's Wharf's restaurants. The place is famous for restaurants that serves fresh seafood -yum! Doods, I and several friends enjoyed clam chowder served with sourdough.

Blue Mermaid Chowder House and Bar

Accommodation is not a problem, there are a lot of cheap San Francisco hotels in the area. It is advisable to check hotel pricing online long before the planned vacation, this way you get better deals and buy yourself time to canvas and shop around. There are several good websites to check when looking for hotels near Union Square SFO.

Golden Gate San Francisco

The trip won't be complete without experiencing the cable car ride that takes you along the slopes of San Francisco

No wonder Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Catherine Ann

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It's time for Mosaic Monday once again. Last Monday, I made a mosaic for my eldest niece, Rebecca. This week, I am dedicating this piece to my second niece, Catherine Ann.

Like me, Catie is the second daughter in a family of three girls. She turned 10 last May. She loves to draw and paint. She loves animals. Among the three sisters, Catie is the one that resembles her grandma (my mom) a lot!

Mary graciously hosts Mosaic Monday at the Little Red House. Feel free to stop by and check what other mosaic-makers have done this week.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Walk, Run, Drive

It's time for The Brenda Photo Challenge once again. We have it every other Saturday. Sadly, I was tied up last Friday -Doods and I watched a concert, two Filipino performers, Gary V. and Martin Nievera were on stage at the Arena. The next day, Saturday, I was looking forward to working on my blog but had several errands to run. So despite the lateness, I would still want to post about my collection of byways and highways. After all, I did work on it over the past two weeks, just didn't get the chance to post on time.

This latest theme was suggested by my friend, Judy. I won't miss this cool challenge, Judy!

Hiking trail at Brazos Bend State Park

Discovery green Park, Houston Texas

On my way to work. My carpool buddy and I take the HOV lane, less congested.

Saw this bend in the neighborhood. It looks appealing, so I included it.

A street in San Francisco (I applied a blurry effect to add drama)

Local train tracks

Trail at the neighborhood park

sharp curve with blurry effects

Golden Gate, San Francisco

Amazing that this beautiful path leads to the correctional. . .

I saw this photo of Doods and I walking in a trail. A friend of ours, Marlon, captured this moment for us. Thank you, Marlon. This was taken during a hike at the Crate of Capulin Volcano (New Mexico)

I had fun with this latest challenge. Better late than never! Can't wait for the next one! Please visit The Brenda Photo Challenge for more byways and highways.

Today is my periodic scan. I do it every three months. Results have been good and am in remission for a while now. Am fighting to keep it that way. But, er. . . I don't like the scan much -awful! Yikes! Please pray that things turn out well. *hugs*

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